The team on the Hatteras-based Citation was drooling over a huge pile of cash and celebrating their win in the 52nd annual Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament.
Captained by Eric Holmes of Buxton, the crew set a tournament record on the first day of competition with an 883-pound blue caught by Richmond angler Andy Thomasson. It was Thomasson’s first blue marlin ever, and the catch held up through the week.
Saturday night, the team was given the big check – the large fake cardboard one and a real one for a whopping $1,231,575. That’s right, just a little more than a million bucks.
The crew on Sea Creature didn’t have nearly as much celebrating to do, but they pocketed a cool $96,900 for a 52.4-pound dolphin that won them the top prize in that division. Captained by Steve Coulter of Hatteras, the team’s winning mahi was caught by John Manousaridis.
Congrats to all the winners – especially the folks with the big cashola.